Review: Hotel Savoy, Florence


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Hotel Savoy in Florence is a beautifully restored and refurbished luxury hotel right in the center of Florence. Our luxury travel concierge offers fantastic free benefits and upgrades here, making it our top boutique hotel pick in Florence.


Hotel Savoy is located in the heart of Florence, set on Piazza della Repubblica and amidst a staggeringly extensive collection of high-end designer boutiques. The hotel is a short walk from the Uffizi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio, and the iconic 15th-century terracotta Duomo, which towers over the cobbled streets that create an ancient and picturesque maze around this square.

Style & Character

Hotel Savoy was built in 1893 and is boutique in size but luxury in nature. The staff exude warmth from the jolly doorman who welcomes you through the gigantic front door to the charming reception staff who want to share their love of Florence with you.

The entrance and lobby are swathed in white, and the walls are punctuated with colorful flower arrangements, furnishings, and art. The extravagant and sparkly chandelier in the foyer crowns the hallway as you enter, and a historic statue guards the reception desk. This hotel offers contemporary glamour rather than rustic Tuscany. The Milanese fashion stick has definitely prodded this hotel’s design and is all the better for this injection of gorgeousness.


Olga Polizzi designed all 80 rooms and suites, including the Artist Suites and the Duomo Presidential Suite. All are steeped in classic Florentine culture and celebrate contemporary Italian design with carefully chosen modern mahogany furniture, artworks, and joyful colors. The hotel’s artworks are themed around shoes and hats, so expect fun depictions of stylized high heels dotted about. Parquet flooring is beautifully complemented by natural wallpapers, which create a natural green forested feel in many of the rooms. Some bedrooms overlook the Piazza itself. These are the ones to request. Bathrooms are classic, with creamy white marble, mosaic tiling, and Irene Forte Skincare toiletries.

The 30 suites have been completely restructured and have increased in size to offer guests a more luxurious and spacious experience. Among them, the Artist Suites and the new impressive 152 m² Duomo Presidential Suite, which occupies its own wing with splendid views of the stunning Dome, are exclusive retreats from the bustling city and are the ideal setting in which to relax and be pampered. Furthermore, on the 5th floor lies the unique two-story Spa Suite with a breathtaking view of the rooftops of Florence.

Service & Facilities

This hotel is all about exploring historic and chic Florence. However, there is a gym and spa suite for wellness, and there’s also a library, charged laundry service, and free Wi-Fi.

Food & Drink

Irene restaurant & bar, designed by Olga Polizzi is inspired by a 50’s retro-chic Florentine bistro. The dishes, created by Celebrity Chef Fulvio Pierangelini, recall the rich and traditional Tuscan cuisine made with local and seasonal raw ingredients. The lighting here is muted, and the color scheme is much like a forest. The restaurant tables spill out into the square, meaning you can dine alfresco during the warmer months. It’s worth mentioning that the bar also spills out onto the Piazza if you want a beer or a cocktail al fresco.


On a Sunday, the bells of the Duomo chime and boom. If you bag a bedroom overlooking the Piazza, you will feel the reverberations, just like local people have experienced for hundreds of years. These historic sounds can feel quite unfamiliar to us Brits or those from North America, like stepping back in time. I often feel that about the whole of Italy, particularly out of season. You feel that you are stepping back hundreds of years. And this is the appeal of Hotel Savoy. You are immersed in Florence’s sometimes overwhelming historic atmosphere, but you are also snuggled in the modernity and warmth offered by the decor and staff at Hotel Savoy.

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